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Suicide Fleet (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, War | 20 November 1931 (USA)
Three US sailors fight German U-boats in World War I aboard a decoy ship and try to win Ginger Rogers who works on the Coney Island midway.


Albert S. Rogell (as Albert Rogell)


Herbert A. Jones (from the story "Mystery Ship" by) (as Commander Herbert A. Jones U.S.N.), Lew Lipton (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Baltimore (as Bill Boyd)
Robert Armstrong ... Dutch
James Gleason ... Skeets
Ginger Rogers ... Sally
Harry Bannister ... Commander
Frank Reicher ... Holtzmann
Ben Alexander ... Kid
Henry Victor ... Captain Von Schlettow
Hans Joby Hans Joby ... Schwartz


Three US sailors fight German U-boats in World War I aboard a decoy ship and try to win Ginger Rogers who works on the Coney Island midway.

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Plot Keywords:

u boat | fight | decoy | sailor | u.s. navy | See All (44) »


Blasting the front Lines! Holding the Waist-Lines! Fussing, fondling- fighting from Philly to the Philipines! (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 3 January 1932) See more »


Comedy | Drama | War


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English | French | German | Spanish

Release Date:

20 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery Ship See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three United States Navy ships were used in the movie: the submarine cruiser Argonaut, the destroyer Preble, and the Noa. See more »


When the two sailors are painting the side of the ship and end up 'overboard', the far shot shows them - as has the entire scene - on the port side of the ship, however the closeup alone shows them on the starboard side (the water changes direction in each shot). See more »


'Dutch' Herman: Tommy, get hold of our destroyers!
Tommy: You bet! I'll give them the S.O.S.
'Dutch' Herman: S.O.S., hell! Tell them the German subs are planning to attack our troop ships that left New York yesterday.
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Edited into The Navy Comes Through (1942) See more »


Oh, You Beautiful Doll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Background music during the Coney Island scenes
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Weak action comedy
25 July 2003 | by lexdevilSee all my reviews

The threesome of Bill Boyd, Robert Armstrong, and James Gleason play Coney Island carnys vying for the hand of Ginger Rogers, a working gal who sells salt water taffy. With the outbreak of World War I, the threesome enlist and pursue Ginger from afar. The first half of this RKO Pathe production is hard going, with the three male leads chewing up the scenery with overcooked one-liners and 'snappy' dialogue that quickly grows tiresome. The second half concentrates on action sequences as the US Navy pursues both a German merchant cruiser and a U-boat. These sequences are lively and well-filmed, but overall this is an overlong and unsatisfying comedy-drama with a flat ending. For fans of the stars only.

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